Head-To-Head Review: George Weston (WNGRF) & Smart & Final Stores (SFS)

George Weston (OTCMKTS:WNGRF) and Smart & Final Stores (NYSE:SFS) are both consumer staples companies, but which is the superior business? We will contrast the two businesses based on the strength of their profitability, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, valuation, earnings and analyst recommendations.

Dividends

George Weston pays an annual dividend of $1.55 per share and has a dividend yield of 2.2%. Smart & Final Stores does not pay a dividend.



Earnings & Valuation

This table compares George Weston and Smart & Final Stores’ revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio Net Income Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
George Weston $37.24 billion 0.29 $585.49 million N/A N/A
Smart & Final Stores $4.57 billion 0.11 -$138.91 million $0.34 20.21

George Weston has higher revenue and earnings than Smart & Final Stores.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent recommendations and price targets for George Weston and Smart & Final Stores, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
George Weston 0 0 0 0 N/A
Smart & Final Stores 1 5 0 0 1.83

Smart & Final Stores has a consensus target price of $6.92, indicating a potential upside of 0.68%. Given Smart & Final Stores’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe Smart & Final Stores is more favorable than George Weston.

Profitability

This table compares George Weston and Smart & Final Stores’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
George Weston 0.67% 6.39% 2.30%
Smart & Final Stores -2.91% 7.00% 1.59%

Insider & Institutional Ownership

0.0% of George Weston shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 94.1% of Smart & Final Stores shares are held by institutional investors. 9.6% of Smart & Final Stores shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk & Volatility

George Weston has a beta of 0.93, indicating that its share price is 7% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Smart & Final Stores has a beta of 1.55, indicating that its share price is 55% more volatile than the S&P 500.

About George Weston

George Weston Limited engages in the food processing and distribution business in Canada and internationally. The company's Weston Foods segment produces fresh, frozen, and specialty bakery products, such as breads, rolls, bagels, flatbreads, rye bread, tortillas, doughnuts, cakes, pies, cookies, crackers, and other baked goods through national and regional supermarkets, wholesale and club stores, dollar stores, convenience stores, food service distributors, and outlets. This segment also supplies control brand products to retailers and consumer food companies; ice cream cones and sandwich wafers to manufacturers in the frozen novelty; and girl scout cookies. The company's Loblaw segment provides grocery, pharmacy, health and beauty, apparel, general merchandise, credit card services, insurance brokerage services, gift cards, and telecommunication services. This segment operates approximately 2,300 corporate, franchised, and associate-owned locations. It operates retail drug stores under the Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix names that offer over-the-counter medications, health and beauty aids, cosmetics and fragrances, seasonal products, and household essentials; and Shoppers Home Health Care stores, which sells and services assisted-living devices, medical equipment, home-care products, and durable mobility equipment to institutional and retail customers. This segment also provides specialty drug distribution, pharmacy, and patient support services, as well as pharmaceutical products and services to long-term care facilities; owns, develops, and manages retail and commercial real estate with a portfolio consisting of 435 properties primarily focusing on supermarket-anchored shopping centers, supermarkets, and other commercial properties, as well as offers financial services under the President's Choice Financial brand. The company was founded in 1882 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada. George Weston Limited is a subsidiary of Wittington Investments, Limited.

About Smart & Final Stores

Smart & Final Stores, Inc. operates as a food retailer in the United States. It operates in two segments, Smart & Final, and Cash & Carry Smart Foodservice. The company's stores offer fresh perishables and everyday grocery items, such as produce, meat and deli, dairy and cheese, grocery, and beverage products, as well as paper and packaging, and restaurant equipment and janitorial supplies. It also provides various private label products under the First Street, Sun Harvest, Simply Value, La Romanella, Montecito, Iris, and Ambiance brands. The company sells its products to household and business customers; restaurants; caterers; and various other foodservice businesses, such as food trucks and coffee houses through vendors and suppliers. As of June 17, 2018, it operated 322 grocery and foodservice stores under the Smart & Final, Smart & Final Extra !, and Smart Foodservice Warehouse Stores names in California, Oregon, Washington, Arizona, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, and Utah, as well as 15 stores in Northwestern Mexico operated through a joint venture. Smart & Final Stores, Inc. was founded in 1871 and is based in Commerce, California.

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